Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration6:30 pm
Cameron Aggie Rec Center
Featured speaker: Eugene Robinson
Tickets are on sale for Cameron University and Cameron Campus Ministry’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration banquet. This year’s keynote speaker is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Robinson, who will present “We’re Someplace We’ve Never Been: Race, Diversity and the New America.”
The banquet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 2015 in the Aggie Rec Center. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for students and are available by calling Cameron Campus Ministry at 357-7226. The deadline to purchase tickets is Jan. 12.
Robinson, whose nationally syndicated column appears in The Lawton Constitution, will also be featured during an afternoon session starting at 2:30 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex. The afternoon discussion is open to the public at no charge.
In his keynote presentation, Robinson will provide a look at race relations and diversity today, explaining why old conceptions of race in America are obsolete. Born into the segregated South, Robinson will share his memories, telling of the civil rights movement’s culminating years during a time when he was one of a handful of black students at a predominantly white high school in South Carolina.
While he shares the strides that have been made in the enormous educational and economic progress made by African-Americans since the 1960s, as well as the sharp increase in interracial marriage seen over the last few decades, he will also show that there is much that remains in educating people that race is ultimately meaningless except as an artifact of society.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration was initiated in 1985 by Cameron Campus Ministry (CCM). The MLK Celebration has always been and is still made possible by generous and committed sponsorship of the event from persons, churches and businesses of the Lawton/Ft. Sill community and from other supporters in the State of Oklahoma including the local NAACP–Lawton, Oklahoma Branch #6131.
For more information contact: CCM by calling (580) 357-7226 or Cameron University Student Development (580) 581-2209 or view the Cameron Website: http://www.cameron.edu/mlkcelebration